COVID-19 Resources

Welcome to the COVID-19 resource page for the Duke Office of Clinical Research. Here you will find important information on how the Duke research community is responding to the current public health crisis. This page is not meant to duplicate the Duke University COVID-19 page, or the Duke University Health System intranet sites found here:

Duke University COVID-19 Site

Duke University COVID-19 Research FAQ's

Duke University Health System Site

CRU Leadership Meetings

(Please note information included in past Town Halls may no longer be relevant for current clinical research practice)​​

Archive of past COVID-19 Town Halls

CRU Effort Sharing

CRU Effort Sharing

For some teams, the transition to remote clinical research has been a challenge. While some are experiencing an increase in workload due to shifting to virtual and remote activities, others have a decrease in activity because they cannot perform their regular research duties. The School of Medicine and DOCR are piloting an initiative that will allow CRUs and study teams to share effort of research staff (those with one of the 12 WE-R clinical research job codes), creating a more efficient workload balance and optimizing research budgets during this time. Shared effort of clinical research staff will be covered by the project requesting assistance, and will involve a formal agreement between the two CRUs. If you are a RPM with staff effort to share or in need of extra effort to cover your portfolio of projects, you can make a request here:

If you are a staff member interested in participating in this initiative, please contact your manager or RPM to discuss the types of skills you have and the amount of time you have available.

Student Research Collaborative

Medical and Graduate Assistance for Clinical Research Studies

Study teams who are interested in utilizing Medical and Graduate assistance for help with COVID-19 research projects can use the following link to request assistance:

Medical and Graduate assistance is available for remote/virtual activities, as well as on-site work for students who have returned to campus and have appropriate access and permissions, as specified in return-to-work policies and procedures.

Certain non-COVID research requests for Medical and Graduate assistance will also be considered.

Once the request for student assistance has been received, the Duke Office of Clinical Research will consult with the overseeing CRU regarding the request prior student placement.


Medical and Graduate Student Involvement in COVID-19 Research

Duke School of Medicine graduate and medical students who are interested in helping with COVID-19 clinical research studies, are invited to submit a volunteer application using the link below. Please note that there may be a great need for assistance with a variety of clinical research projects at this time, and some opportunities may be more scholarly (e.g., helping with grant applications) or may be on studies other than COVID-19 studies. All opportunities will be limited to activities that can be conducted remotely (virtually).

The COVID-19 research task force will consider volunteer applications to find matches with appropriate research opportunities. Once you complete an application, someone will reach out to you to discuss. In addition to capturing your information, this survey will let the team know what kind of training you may need to complete before starting research activities for a particular study, so we thank you for filling out the form completely.

SOM CR COVID-19 Task Force


SOM CR COVID-19 Task Force

  • Christopher Woods, MD, MPH
  • Coleen Cunningham, MD
  • Ibukun Akinboyo, MD
  • Loretta Que, MD
  • Susanna Naggie, MD, MHS (Chair)

For a list of COVID-19 Task Force Pod Leaders, click here.

Other Documents and Resources

MyRESEARCHhome COVID-19 Research Dashboard

CRU Checklist for COVID-19 Related Study Start-up 

Duke COVID-19 Central Data Repository eConsent in REDCap Training Video
This short video covers how to access the CDR in REDCap, create a new record, and in-person eConsent.